Tuesday marks Earth Day 2014 and NASA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are having some fun with their new social media campaigns to raise awareness for our planet. Earth Day is a perfect excuse to take a selfie thanks to NASA's #GlobalSelfie and the EPA's , partnered with the Nature Conservancy, #NatureSelfie. After all, there's nothing better than natural light and an interesting setting for creating the perfect selfie, right?
NASA's #GlobalSelfie wants users from around the world to take a photo, using #GlobalSelfie, that includes the location of the selfie. The space agency wants to compile all of the selfies of the world into a mosiac of the Earth.
— Smokey Bear (@smokey_bear) April 22, 2014
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NASA said in a statement, "For Earth Day we are trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth. Once those pictures stream around the world on Earth Day, the individual pictures tagged #GlobalSelfie will be used to create a mosaic image of Earth -- a new "Blue Marble" built bit by bit with your photos."
— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) April 22, 2014
NASA has a sign that can be printed out and used for your selfie and you can post your photo on Twitter, Instagram or Google+. The Earth mosiac created from the #GlobalSelfie campaign will be released in May.
For #NatureSelfie, the EPA and the Nature Conservancy want your selfie with your favorite natural setting. Your selfie could be on your favorite hiking trail or with the shady tree in the park you love to lie under. The Nature Conservancy has some great local ideas that will create the best selfie possible. In New York, the group suggests places like High Line Park in Chelsea, Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Astoria Park in Queens.
— NatureConservancy NY (@nature_ny) April 11, 2014
Each of the Earth Day 2014 selfie campaigns raise awareness for environmental protection while having some fun with the whole process. If you want to go beyond a selfie, the Earth Day Network has a list of Earth Day 2014 events from around the world.